Re: Re: well what about the developments popping up in the shannonside ?
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The worst 3 recent buildings in Limerick in my opinion are ( no particular order ) Cornmarket development (i.e.- Smyths , the Car Park , whole block etc..) Riverpoint and The Clarion
The Cornmarket is among the worst developments not just because it is an over-massed multistory carpark in the very heart of the old city but also because some very fine (neglected) buildings were razed to the ground in order to make way for the development. The Clarion on the other hand does not exist at the expense some other worthy part of Limerick’s built heritage. I know the apartment blocks adjacent to it were built on sites cleared of 18th C granaries but not the Clarion to the best of my knowledge. Its also a very elegant building as far as high rises go imo. I believe it will stand the test of time unlike Riverpoint which has no charm at all and will date very quickly. I see no harm in high rises on the riverfront per se just not anywhere near whats left of the historical district.
As for the boat club I recall reading in one of the local rags that Councillor Leddin and the developers were hopeful of a favorable response on their delisting app. given the slowdown in the economy etc. I don’t believe they’ve had the go ahead yet. Fordmount (developers?) got their own guy in to pronounce on it’s architectural merits, and whether it ought to be listed. Surprisingly he said he did’nt think so, citing the Belfast roof as the only thing remotely interesting about either building. His reasoning being that all the changes made to the interiors of the buildings offset any heritage value they may otherwise have had. Horlicks of course. See this short piece recently broadcast on BBC London News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/7796040.stm
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